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Jan 22

Helping Improve the Chesapeake Bay - Norm Goulet

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 7:43 AM by Bob Lazaro

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Communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, along with federal and state
government, local government, nonprofit organizations, farmers, and private businesses are
making significant progress restoring and protecting the health of local waterways and the
Bay. On Dec. 29, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the
Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), a historic and comprehensive cleanup
plan to guide federal, state and local actions as their communities clean up the Chesapeake
Bay and the connected streams, creeks and rivers.

Specifically in Virginia the TMDL calls for a 20.5% reduction in nitrogen, 25.2% reduction in
phosphorus and 20.8% reduction in sediment delivered to the bay. The objective is to have clean up practices, known as best management practices or BMPs, in place by 2025 to reach the goal of a clean Chesapeake Bay and local waterways that meet water quality standards.

In accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expectations, jurisdictions
Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) are designed to accomplish a set of allocation goals identified in the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The EPA recognizes that it will take time to develop the level of detail the jurisdictions are expected to include in their WIPs. As a result, the WIP development process has been divided into three distinct phases.

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is pleased to be able to play a significant leadership role not only in Northern Virginia and with State colleagues, but also in coordination with our Chesapeake Bay Planning District colleagues in the watershed. Additionally, NVRC operates a number of programs to help homeowners and business owners alike help take action to improve the Bay.

Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan

The initial Phase I WIP document provided information for the EPA to consider when it
established wasteload and load allocations within each of the 92 segments listed as
impaired. The Phase I WIP includes a description of the authorities, actions, and control
measures (to the extent possible) that will be implemented to achieve these point and
nonpoint source TMDL allocations.

Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan

The Phase II WIP was developed with the assistance of a Stakeholder Advisory Group
convened by the Secretary of Natural Resources and composed of representatives from state agencies, localities, and planning district commissions the Stakeholder Advisory Group submitted the Phase II WIP to the EPA on March 30, 2012.

Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

The Phase III WIP submitted to the EPA on August 23, 2019 includes refined actions and
controls that will be implemented between 2019 and 2025 to achieve water quality standards.

Virginia's Phase III WIP lays out over 50 targeted state initiatives to support the efforts necessary to achieve the Commonwealth's restoration goals by 2025, placing a strong emphasis on sustained funding and increased technical capacity across all sectors. This strategy is intended to systematically close the outstanding gaps during the final phase of restoration and enable the Commonwealth to reach its pollution reduction targets.

How You Can Help

Our Plant NoVA Natives program helps provide homeowners not only information on the benefits of Northern Virginia native plants, but at what local nursery that they can be purchased. Additionally, we operate the Clean Water Partners campaign with 15 local partners to provide practical advice to homeowners and businesses how they can take steps to protect the Bay. Additionally, working with members of the business community we provide hazardous waste training regarding commonly found items in one’s business. The Know Toxics program helps inform business owners and employees alike on the safe disposal of business generated waste. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has published a list of items on how you can help clean the Chesapeake Bay.

Jan 21

NVRC Quick Guide - Informing the Region for 26 Years

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 12:15 PM by Bob Lazaro

NVRC 2019-20 Quick Guide CoverFor 26 years the Northern Virginia Regional Commission has published a Quick Guide which is a pocket index to the most frequently sought human services in our region.

The Guide is designed to meet the needs of all those in the region seeking to deal with difficult situations. You can search services for the Guide by visiting the following link: https://novaquickguide.org/

You can also save the link to your Smart Phone. Just enter the url https://novaquickguide.org into the browser of your phone and save it to your home screen. You will have the full functionality of the website.

1000 Public and Private Services Listed

  • Lists services provided by local, state and federal government programs as well as nonprofit organizations.
  • Helps case managers, social workers, school guidance counselors, mental health outreach workers, police personnel, and others, quickly find the services that their clients need.
  • Provides names, websites, and phone numbers for human services including protection from abuse and neglect of children or adults; disability issues; emergency needs; financial literacy; health insurance/Affordable Care Act, homeless, mental health, multicultural, substance abuse, and youth services.

For telephone assistance finding human services, you can dial 211.

Jan 03

What Are Your New Year's Resolutions? - Allison Doerfler

Posted on January 3, 2020 at 12:19 PM by Bob Lazaro

MAY WE MAKE A SUGGESTION?

Some of the most common resolutions include:

  • Save money/spend less
  • Do more for the environment
  • Read more books, news, articles
  • Connect more with family and friends
  • Reduce Stress

What if I told you all of these could be accomplished simply by ditching your car and choosing mass transit?

We all know this region is known for its traffic, why not help the problem and help yourself by choosing a mass transit option for your commute to and from work?

New Years Resolution FlyerSave Money/Spend Less

Did you know that the Federal Government offers a subsidy to all federal employees? The Federal Mass Transit Subsidy is available to all federal employees, offering up to $270/month toward the purchase of tickets for local and regional bus, rail systems, and even vanpools.

AAA has estimated the monthly cost of maintaining and operating an automobile is $309. Just think of the money and value you can save by using some variation of mass transit. To learn more about the Federal Mass Transit Subsidy go to: www.doi.gov.

Do More for the Environment

While there is a lot of debate about what is happening with the environment, we can all agree fewer cars on the road emitting exhaust is a good thing. Be a part of the solution and help combat pollution by using mass transit. Options include the Virginia Rail Express (VRE), metro, vanpooling, car-pooling, and buses. There are lots of options, and we have the answers. We can point you in the right direction, and even help you get started in your effort to do more for the environment by committing to mass transit

Read More Books and News

Have you read any of the Classics? Have you always wanted to be better up to date with the news? Have you ever wanted to be a part of a book club? Now you can with all the extra time you will have during your commute to and from work.

While the average commute in the area ranges from 30-40 minutes, let someone else drive while you catch up on some of the newest best-sellers. By not driving and using that time to read you can easily meet your New Year’s resolution goals of reading more.

Connect More with Family and Friends

Don’t we all wish we could spend more time catching up with family and friends? Wish we had that 10 extra minutes in the day to call, send a text, or an email to some-one. Just think about all the catching up you can do while someone else drives: Send that text to your sister in Phoenix; email your friend who just had a baby; or catch up on your social media. Reconnect during your commute, by using mass transit.

Pledge to Make Mass Transit Your New Year’s Resolution

Do your part to help alleviate the region’s traffic problem, all while meeting your own resolution goals. We at NVRC are committed to educating and assisting military members and their families, civilians, and contractors commuting to and from the bases. Learn more and commit to mass transit, a resolution you can commit to all year. For information and questions contact us and let us help you with your goal!
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Allison Doerfler
Military Transportation Coordinator
(703) 642-4641
allison.doerfler@novaregion.org